November 5, 2019
Anais Saint John is an American singer. She started as a classical mezzo-soprano, then she combined jazz, blues and R&B with her music..
What made you desire to be a jazz singer ?
I am a classically trained opera singer, so singing Jazz was not my first choice. When I went to college all I knew was that I wanted to learn formal training in music. I had no idea that would be Opera singing. After graduating from University of New Orleans with my Masters in Vocal Performance, I sang for many years with the Opera Chorus in New Orleans. I soon realized that I no longer wanted to be a chorus girl. It was time to reevaluate my musical career. Born and raised in New Orleans, I was surrounded by Jazz. I soon realized that singing Jazz was my next career. It just made sense.
In your opinion, what is jazz today?
My father, Marion Brown was an Alto Saxophonist and Musicologist in the Avant Garde era of Jazz. I have drawn inspiration from his interpretation of Jazz as experimentation mixed with emotion.
How do you choose your repertoire and the musicians to play with?
I choose my repertoire by what complements me as a musician. Certain songs work better with certain singers. Sometimes it’s the lyrics. Sometimes it’s the melody. Whatever the song..you must make it your own. I only work with the best Jazz musicians in New Orleans. However, that is not hard to find in a city rich in musical talent.
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